Sunday August 19, 2012
This morning I went on another road ride, even though after the ride yesterday I only had a teaspoonful of honey in my tea for my recovery carbs. Not much for glycogen replenishment there. However, perhaps by sheer force of will I kicked ass on today's ride considering my only carb dose was the same mix of coconut juice, fresh-pressed watermelon juice (pulp strained out) and a splash of tart cherry juice. I also sucked down an entire flask of raw honey. I can tell my body has keto-adapted because I can pull up front at sub-LT power and still be burning a much higher percentage of fat than before I started this experiment. My metabolic efficiency has really increased. My average power for the ride was squarely in the endurance zone so I was happy.
Later in the day however, my mood tanked, and I'm not sure why. Mostly likely because my body was so tired after the ride and dog walk, or it could have been my disgust that I wasted an entire Saturday afternoon and evening on a weekend when I have a ton of stuff to do with some stranger that now I have to cut loose. I should be delighted that all of my goals for this diet have been met: I made it the entire 14 days, I'm lean, I worked out my new Paleo diet, I food shopped, I took care of my work and my animals, and I am proud of myself. However, the original reason I went on this diet was to cure my SIBO that was resistant to Rifaximin and Neomycin, and I think I'm truly terrified to start eating normal food again. I'm afraid to be back in the same damn place. Well, at least I learned we all can thrive with a lot less carbohydrate in our diets. Trust me if I can do it as an endurance athlete, you can too.